Advice

For applying to / picking / and starting grad school:

Wait, should you go to grad school? Advice (and links) from Daniel Laurison

Tressie McMillan Cottom's Graduate School Guidance (with a focus for students of color)

Information on Minnesota's graduate training in Sociology

Thoughts (including mine) on sociology v.s. criminology


For current graduate students:

Dorsa Amir's Advice for New Grad Students

Fabio Rojas' "Grad School Rulz" (OrgTheory)

Eszter Hargittai's "Ph.Do" Advice (Inside Higher Ed)

Pamela Oliver's "Hoops and Hurdles" Advice

Karen Kelsky's "The Professor Is In" Blog and Chronicle Vitae Advice

Jessica Calarco's "Grad School's Hidden Curriculum" on Scatterplot

Neil Lewis Jr. and Jay Van Bavel's excellent workshop Demystifying the Academic Job Market


For graduate students & assistant professors:

Raul Pacheco-Vega on Academic Writing & Productivity Tools

Peg Boyle Single's Writing Advice (Inside Higher Ed)

Tanya Golash-Boza's Get a Life Blog

Conditionally Accepted Advice (Inside Higher Ed)

Sociology blogs scatterplot and orgtheory

National Center for Faculty Development and Kerry Ann Rockquemore's Inside Higher Ed column

I developed this template for tracking project goals and managing time commitments that you're welcome to borrow! (The spreadsheet works better if you download instead of viewing in Google Docs.) Generally, the logic is that you should have a plan to tenure (or getting your PhD and finding a job) and then work backwards from there for yearly, monthly, and daily goals. I also recommend tracking your time to meet daily/weekly/monthly productivity goals and then giving yourself permission to take nights, weekends, and holidays off (to steal from Golash-Boza, get a life!). Tracking my hours saved my sanity in graduate school. The template is loosely based on this 5-Year Plan template from The Professor Is In and reflects the advice on goal-setting, time management, and daily writing from the blogs listed above. I also use a daily to-do list at the start of each week that breaks up goals into manageable chunks.


For students interested in non-academic and/or non-traditional careers:

Versatile PhD

Karen Kelsky's "The Professor Is In" Blog (see section on "Post-AC Help")